Residents of Armenia Village Fall Victim to US Visa Scam
Several residents of Armenia Village, Cayo District, were alleged victims of a scam by a man unknown to them. Reports indicate that the villagers were approached, and guaranteed US Visas if they pay him one thousand five hundred dollars each. The scammer assured them that he had the connections within the US Embassy to make sure the visas were approved. The man was paid, and went as far as issuing appointment dates to the victims, but when they got to the embassy, they found out that they were not on the register. It is a matter that has not officially reported to the Police, but according to the US Ambassador to Belize, Her Excellency Michelle Kwan, the embassy is aware of the situation.
Michelle Kwan, US Ambassador to Belize: “Well, I can’t say too much on the details, but I encourage folks to go online and also I know that the process is often daunting for a visa. And if they need assistance, I would encourage them to get reputable lawyers and others involved to help them throughout the process.”
Reporter: Is that something you would be looking into assisting with the government to investigate who may be behind it ?
Michelle Kwan, US Ambassador to Belize: “Well, the U.S. Embassy is well aware of the situation and we’re definitely looking into it.”
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams has commented on the matter, saying if the victims want the department to bring charges against the perpetrator, they would need to prove that he did, in fact, take money from them, for services that were never rendered.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “At this time, I’m not aware of any report having been filed but if there should be any the police will do what needs to be done in terms of conducting investigation and see if there’s any wrongdoing on the part of anyone. And should there be any evidence of wrongdoing, then we will act accordingly.”